The Jordan ministry of tourism and antiquities has confirm the archaeological discovery of an enormous monument in Petra. It is believed the new location has no known parallels to any other structure in the Nabatean city. This discovery was recently reported by archaeologists Sarah Parcak and Chris Tuttle in a study published in The Journal of American Schools of Oriental Research.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with Ayla Oasis Development Company for a 286-room Hyatt Regency hotel in Aqaba, Jordan. Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla will be the first hotel to open within the prestigious Ayla development, a master-planned, multiphase development on the northern shores of Aqaba.
Turkish Airlines has signed a partnership agreement with the Petra Development & Tourism Authority. The agreement was signed in the presence of Nayef Al-Fayez, Jordan minister of tourism and antiquities, Mohammad Al-Nawafleh, the chief commissioner of the Petra Development & Tourism Authority and Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airline chief marketing officer.
A new state-of-the-art terminal at Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan is set to open this month and is expected to almost triple the current airport capacity. Beginning operations on March 21st 2013, the new terminal is worth an estimated US$750 million and will catapult the airport’s capacity to nine million annual passengers.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has outlined an initiative for a 25-year master plan for development of the tourism sector. The news comes as government figures report a 15.3 per cent increase in 2012 tourism receipts on 2011 figures, adding US$3.47 billion to the economy.
The Jordan Tourism Board is excited to announce the start of its Treasure Hunt promotional campaign.
In an effort to promote Jordan, especially through social media, and specifically to promote the Dead Sea’s nomination as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) is launching the 100 Days of Giveaways campaign.
After a turbulent half-year for the country, Jordan has launched its new National Tourism Strategy 2011-2015 as it seeks to rebuild. Also in Jordan today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Amman.
Following a set of workshops and familiarization experiences in the North (Ajloun) and in the South (Petra) of Jordan, the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA) concluded a three-part educational series on its most recent initiative - VolunTourism Jordan - for tour operators, community-based organizations (CBOs) and NGOs in Amman this past weekend.
As late as December 2010 Jordan was being mooted as a honeymoon destination for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, before political violence put pay to the idea. As the country struggles to convince the world it is safe for tourists, Breaking Travel News visits to take a look at the situation on the ground.
Despite ongoing adverse economic conditions and the political volatility of other regions in the Middle East in February and March, the Jordan Tourism Board has announced that tourism in the country remains almost unaffected. UK overnight visitor numbers took only a slight hit in the first quarter of 2011, falling just 3.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2010.